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ST. PAUL — Mikko Koivu scored at 2:43 of overtime to give Minnesota a 4-3 comeback victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night, extending the Wild’s winning streak to seven and the Coyotes’ skid to seven. Koivu skated out from the corner and beat goalie Jason LaBarbera between the pads. Minnesota tied it with 54.3 seconds left in regulation, with Ryan Suter scoring on a wrist shot from the left point with Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom off for an extra attacker. Torrey Mitchell and Matt Cullen also scored for the Wild, and Backstrom stopped 24 shots.
Shaka Smart and VCU have agreed in principle to a deal to keep the basketball coach at the school. The details are still being finalized, but the majority of changes involve “program enhancements for the student-athletes and coaches,” athletic director Ed McLaughlin said. It also extends a contract already scheduled to run through 2020.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kobe Bryant looks just fine at playing small forward. Bryant had 31 points and seven assists in his first game there filling in for the injured Metta World Peace to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 120-117 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night, their 22nd straight win over the Timberwolves.
By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS — The pitchers who could save the Minnesota Twins aren’t ready yet, and they may not be until 2014. Alex Meyer and Trevor May arrived in separate trades over the winter, bringing with them the kind of power arms and strikeout mentalities that have been sorely lacking in the organization’s pitching stock for years. Both have yet to throw a pitch in Triple-A, and the Twins appear content to let them get some needed seasoning in the minors this year before giving them a shot at the big league rotation.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bud Light said it with beer cans and Martha Stewart with red velvet cake as companies and celebrities from Beyonce to George Takei joined millions of social media users in posting and tweaking a simple red logo in support of gay marriage. By LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press
DENVER (AP) -- Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes said Wednesday he would plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty. By DAN ELLIOTT and P. SOLOMON BANDA Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Drivers approaching the majestic Golden Gate Bridge experienced something new on Wednesday- no human toll collectors. By JASON DEAREN Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Drivers approaching the majestic Golden Gate Bridge experienced something new on Wednesday - no human toll collectors.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, but the level stayed close to a nearly three-year high. The report suggests sales of previously occupied homes will keep rising in the coming months. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is indicating it could strike down the law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of federal benefits that go to married people. By Mark Sherman Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is indicating it could strike down the law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of federal benefits that go to married people.
PHOENIX (AP) -- A group of U.S. senators who will be influential in shaping and negotiating details of an immigration reform package is traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona to get a firsthand look at issues affecting the region. By CRISTINA SILVA Associated Press